The words “Odell Beckham-esque” catch have slowly ground to next to nothing since that fateful night in 2014, now used to describe even a simple one-handed grab. So please take us seriously when we say this: Pittsburgh Steelers rookie George Pickens delivered an Odell Beckham-esque catch.
It would have been even better than Beckham’s famous catch.
Confronted with the Cleveland Browns on “Thursday Night Football,” Amazon Prime viewers got to watch the rookie wide receiver reel in a plucked catch with one hand as he lay horizontally on the ground. See for yourself:
The basic replay doesn’t do the catch justice.
What you really need to see to understand how ridiculous what Pickens did is the slow-motion replays from a different angle. It doesn’t make sense if you look at it like this:
Or just a simple screen grab:
The catch even caught the attention of Beckham himself, who responded with some lavish praise when asked which catch was better.
It doesn’t get much better than what Pickens did, although there is reason to expect much more from the Georgia product in the future.Read:USMNT vs. Saudi Arabia score: USA limp to scoreless draw in last friendly ahead of November’s World Cup
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Steelers’ George Pickens was one of the most hyped preseason rookies
Despite playing for the Georgia national champions last season, Pickens entered the NFL draft with much to prove after missing all but four games due to a torn ACL in the spring.
Pickens posted just 107 yards on five catches in those four games, including the SEC Championship and College Football Playoff, so he didn’t have the court record teams want in an early round. Even when he was healthy, Pickens was part of a run-in attack with plenty of other options at the receiver.
After a solid NFL combine, the Steelers took Pickens in the second round of the 2022 NFL drawing with the 52nd overall pick. He rewarded them with highlight after highlight in training camp and then preseason, making him one of the favorites in a wide open Offensive Rookie of the Year race.
Pickens saw no comparable success in his first two games, with just 26 receiving yards on two catches, but this latest highlight will put him on the national radar no matter how many he posts on Thursday.Read:Broncos hire assistant coach to advise Nathaniel Hackett on game management